Randomized trial of the ForeseeHome monitoring device for early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. The HOme Monitoring of the Eye (HOME) study design - HOME Study report number 1

Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Mar;37(2):294-300. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.02.003. Epub 2014 Feb 13.


Objective: To evaluate the effects of a home-monitoring device with tele-monitoring compared with standard care in detection of progression to choroidal neovascularization (CNV) associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the US.

Patients and methods: Participants, aged 55 to 90 years, at high risk of developing CNV associated with AMD were recruited to the HOme Monitoring of Eye (HOME) Study, an unmasked, multi-center, randomized trial of the ForeseeHome (FH) device plus standard care vs. standard care alone. The FH device utilizes preferential hyperacuity perimetry and tele-monitoring to detect changes in vision function associated with development of CNV, potentially prior to symptom and visual acuity loss. After establishing baseline measurements, subsequent changes on follow-up are detected by the device, causing the monitoring center to alert the clinical center to recall participants for an exam. Standard care consists of instructions for self-monitoring visual changes with subsequent self-report to the clinical center. The primary objective of this study is to determine whether home monitoring plus standard care in comparison with standard care alone, results in earlier detection of incident CNV with better present visual acuity. The primary outcome is the decline in visual acuity at CNV diagnosis from baseline. Detection of CNV prior to substantial vision loss is critical as vision outcome following anti-angiogenic therapy is dependent on the visual acuity at initiation of treatment.

Discussion: HOME Study is the first large scale study to test the use of home tele-monitoring system in the management of AMD patients.

Keywords: Age-related macular degeneration; Best-corrected visual acuity; Choroidal neovascularization; Controlled clinical trial; Home-monitoring.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / diagnosis*
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Macular Degeneration / diagnosis*
  • Macular Degeneration / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Research Design*
  • Risk Factors
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Field Tests / instrumentation*